Ballymena man leapt from bed and kicked table towards nurse at Antrim Area Hospital

Ballymena Court.

A Ballymena man who jumped off a bed and kicked a table in the direction of a nurse at Antrim Area Hospital has been put on Probation for a year after already spending a number of weeks in prison on remand.

Conor McGill (26), of Centuripe Avenue, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on March 7 for sentencing after being disorderly on January 4 this year.

A prosecutor said the defendant had gone to Ballymena Police Station saying he was “homeless” following an incident at an address.

He was incoherent and slurring his words and he had a swollen left hand which he said was caused by punching a wardrobe.

The defendant told police he was “in a bad place” and he was going to “do himself in”.

He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital where he became disruptive and despite being warned about his behaviour he was eventually handcuffed.

At one stage he leapt from a bed and kicked a table in the direction of a nurse.

A defence solicitor said the defendant suffered from depression and anxiety and is on medication.

The lawyer said McGill was extremely apologetic for what happened at the hospital.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said they were serious offences but he noted the defendant had already spent six weeks in custody.

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